Spike Lee Talks Race And The Oscars: 'Denzel Was Robbed!'

(FOX 11) - Spike Lee achieved fame and success with his first feature film in 1986 "She's Gotta Have It" which cost $175,000 to make and grossed more than $7 million.

He was nominated for a best-screenplay Oscar in 1989 for the controversial drama about race relations called "Do The Right Thing."

Spike directed Denzel Washington to an Oscar nomination for 1992's "Malcolm X." The movie was later selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library Of Congress.

And he won an Emmy Award for his documentary on hurricane Katrina: "When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts."

Spike's got a new film coming out next week called "Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus" which he has described as "a new kind of love story about human beings who are addicted to blood." In the interview with Steve and Lisa, Spike gives his opinion on the recent controversy involving racial diversity and the upcoming Academy Awards.

Check out the full video interviews with Spike Lee on our FOX 11 YouTube Channel.

Part 1: Spike Lee Unveils New Film 'Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus'

Part 2: Spike Lee Compares Oscar Diversity Controversy To 'Make Up Rule' In Sports

Other critical and box office successes have included such films as Inside Man, 25th Hour, The Original Kings of Comedy, Bamboozled and Summer of Sam. Lee's films Girl 6, Get On the Bus, Do the Right Thing and Clockers display his ability to showcase a series of outspoken and provocative socio-political critiques that challenge cultural assumptions, not only about race, but class and gender identity as well.

Spike Lee is a notable Writer, Director, Producer, Actor, Author and Educator who revolutionized both the landscape of independent cinema and the role of black talent in film. Widely regarded as a premiere African-American filmmaker, Lee is a forerunner in the ‘do it yourself' school of filmmaking.

"Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus" will be in theaters and available on demand Feb. 13.

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